Hi friends! Lately I’ve been in the mood for all kinds of bold Vietnamese flavors. I was recently thinking about an hors d’oeuvre that I’ve made a dozen times with lemongrass chicken meatballs. I serve them in mini lettuce cups with a zesty carrot and cilantro sauce. I thought, why not turn one of my favorite simple light bites into a lunch( or dinner too) that’s a little bit more filling. This is where the idea for a rice noodle bowl came to mind!
Rice noodles are just about one of the easiest things to make and they’re filling too. Who doesn’t love a bowl full of noodles? I thought I would start out with a bed of butter lettuce and build my bowl from there with some quick pickled watermelon and daikon radishes.
The combination of silky rice noodles, juicy meatballs, tangy radishes, and crunchy lettuce all work so well together here! I recommend always keeping some toasted sesame seeds and cilantro and mint on hand for a garnish.
The best part about this rice noodle bowl is that I don’t feel too full afterward. This is also something you can make ahead of time. Pickle your radishes, make your sauce, sauté your meatballs and cook your rice noodles and then combine all of the ingredients together whenever you’re ready. I would actually recommend making the sauce for this noodle bowl ahead of time so all of the flavors can come together. Yes, this sauce gets better and better every day! Follow me on Instagram and I will posting a video of this entire recipe! @pamflavors and @flirtingwithflavors!!!
Like always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe and any tips you have for making it even better. I also wanted to give a friendly reminder that I have another cabaret show coming up on March 19 with a special guest to be announced soon! Get your tickets here!